Local approaches to recovery: a thematic review

Cover for Local approaches to recoveryScotland's HM Inspectors of Education have published a new report, PDF file: Local approaches to recovery (2 MB), examining a range of approaches taken to support improvement and recovery in establishments nominated by local authorities across Scotland.

As part of Scottish Government’s Education Recovery: Key Actions and Next Steps, HM Inspectors of Education committed to undertaking national thematic reviews.

The national report provides the independent view of HM Inspectors of Education about effective practice. These thematic inspections promote improvement by sharing more widely ‘what works’. It outlines the features of high quality provision, which are having a positive impact on children and young people and should be achievable by all. It is intended to stimulate professional reflection and dialogue of local approaches adopted to support recovery.

Findings include:

  • resilient staff across schools and settings who have shown great resolve in managing the challenges of the pandemic while also implementing improvement to support children’s and young people’s learning
  • greater emphasis on support to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families
  • staff building on existing practices to support children and young people to make progress
  • strengthened approaches to parental engagement
  • recognition that the pandemic has impacted on skills and attributes of children and young people
  • increased need to support senior leaders with their own wellbeing
  • the impact of continued absence to supporting continuity of learning

As well as sharing key messages about current practice, the report includes case studies demonstrating effective practice.


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PDF file: Local approaches to recovery: a thematic review (2 MB)

PDF file: Local approaches to recovery: a thematic review (Gaelic version) (2 MB)